Atomos has announced the latest generation of camera-mounted monitor recorders, the Shogun and Shogun Ultra. Following the launch of the new Ninja models last month, both devices come equipped with a new operating system, AtomOS 11. This new operating system has a multitude of new features, including EL Zone, ARRI False Color tools, and new scheduled playback and recording tools.
AtomOS 11 will also be available for free to existing Shogun Connect users via a firmware update. The currently available Shogun Connect will be replaced by its successor, the Shogun Ultra. Both are scheduled to ship in early October 2023. Both can be seen at the ATOMOS booth at IBC 2023 in Amsterdam.
The new Shogun comes standard with more codecs. It features 6K Apple ProRes RAW (8K on Shogun Ultra), Apple ProRes, DNxHD, and H.265, which was previously only available as a paid option. The new Shogun and Shogun Ultra have the same differentiating features as the new Ninja and Ninja Ultra.
The main difference between the new Shogun and Ninja is that the former features a brighter, 2000nit 7-inch screen. Shogun has both 12G-SDI and HDMI input and output, so unlike Ninja, cross-conversion is possible. This model also has a built-in NP battery slot and 2.1mm DC input, and has a wide range of power options.
The Shogun Ultra is ideal for use in conjunction with a cinema camera, and can record up to 4K60p in Apple ProRes RAW and simultaneously record HD 60p in H.265. It can also automatically match file names, timecodes, and record triggers from many popular models of ARRI, Canon, RED, and Sony cameras.
Atomos Remote View and Camera to Cloud Capabilities
Both models feature the new 4K Camera to Cloud. It is much more efficient to record and upload higher quality bitrate H.265 videos. It is lightweight for camera-to-cloud workflows, but with quality that can be used immediately for social media.
Both of the units can use Atomos RemoteView. It is possible to wirelessly share the live view of the screen installed in Atomos with other Atomos monitors, iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs. From anywhere in the world, directors can monitor what’s happening on set and watch what’s being filmed with connected cameras. RemoteView is a big new feature for the production team. For this price range, the features are unprecedented.
The Ultra model directly integrates with Wi-Fi 6E for low-latency cloud connectivity and high throughput. Once again, Atomos is able to lead the industry by adopting cutting-edge Wi-Fi standards in its cloud-enabled products.
Trevor Elborn, CEO of ATOMOS, commented:
With both the Ninja and Shogun lines, we are bringing new features to market while also making the different product lines easier to understand. Ninja and Shogun offer comparable performance, with the main differences being screen size and brightness. Ninja and Shogun have similar performance, but the main differences are screen size and brightness (5-inch, 1000nit vs. 7-inch, 2000nit) and cloud connectivity (modular vs. integrated). Just like the new Ninja and Ninja Ultra, we’ve designed it to offer customers a clear choice in price and performance.